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Residence in Forest-side Japan for Artist


Hannah Kirshner

writer + food stylist

Hannah Kirshner is a writer, artist, and food stylist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Saveur, Taste, Food52, Roads & Kingdoms, and Atlas Obscura, among others. She is author of Water, Wood, and Wild Things.

Kirshner grew up on a small farm outside Seattle, and studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. She divides her time between Brooklyn and rural Ishikawa, Japan.

“Vancollar is an inspiring retreat, where every aesthetic detail is carefully considered, and daily routines are connected to the land. I found the right balance of engaging conversation and solitude that I need to write and make art.”


Special Stay in Historical Japanese site

 Warm greetings from Forest-side Japan. We offer Artists the historical residence surrounded by beautiful nature.

 Our place is located at a small village and the residence we offer you is the part of formor Mayor's house. If you are looking for real history of Japan, our land shall be one of the wonderful places for you to stay at.

 We have spent 5 years to self-renovate the place, including the forest, to revive "Human Life" where we can feel nature and culture right next to us. 

 The place is designed to enjoy creative activities, so come & join us to relax & to create!


Enjoy nature!

 Together with 100 years old residence, we own a mountain and gardens where you can fully enjoy Japansese nature.

 Any materials in our Mountain is available for you to use for creations. Mountain-garden will be available shortly!



Historical warehouses!

  There will be an ancient warehouse, renovated as a gallery space, available for you to have an exhibition. Since this is not a city-side, Online-exhibition is one of the possibilities to show your works to everyone!

 Dinning room is also a renovated-warehouse, where you can gather with other participants. 



Room to sleep & to create!

  Renovated room, with 2 single beds and a desk, will be your space to stay. You can enjoy creations and have a good night rest here.


Just like a share house, this is a room for Two persons, so you may have a roommate if another guest is staying. 

 While our summer school is Off-season, you will have a chance to stay in warehouse as well! 



Gardens & Potage

  We take care gardens & potage, where we grow flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Soils are handmade and little bees are our garden partners. If you are interested in growing plants, let's grow them together!